If anyone ever asks you to “fetch” a suitcase from a locker in a train station and tells you not to open it there and to be sure that no one sees you open it……RUN!
Nina Borg worked in a Danish Red Cross Center and had seen more than her share of abused women and children. Unfortunately Nina would often become so involved with helping others that she would neglect her own husband and children and her marriage suffered dearly because of it. When Nina received a call from her once close friend Karin and heard the words “you have to help me”, she did what she always did. She dropped everything and went to her friend’s aid.
The suitcase she retrieved from the locker was much heavier than she expected and yes, inside it was a young boy. He was naked and had been drugged, but he was alive. Nina had no idea who the boy was but she knew that she had to do find out. She would do whatever was necessary to keep him safe and was convinced that turning him over to the authorities was not in the child’s best interest. When her friend Karin is murdered Nina realizes that she is involved in a very dangerous game. Someone is looking for this boy and will stop at nothing to find him.
There are quite a few characters in this book and I have to admit that at first I was getting a little confused. Each chapter introduced a new character and a new story line and the names themselves were unfamiliar which made it even more challenging. There was Jan, Jucas, Darius, Signita and Mikas. I found myself flipping back and forth refreshing my memory as to who was who and what took place where. Eventually however the pieces began to fit together and I am glad that I stuck with it. Although perhaps a little far fetched, it turned out to be an exciting, suspenseful read and it was not until the very end of the book that everything became clear.
The Boy in the Suitcase was a New York Times Review Notable Crime book in 2011 and was awarded the Harold Morgensen Award for best Danish Thriller of the year. Originally written in Danish, it was translated to English in 2011 and is now available in 27 languages. Invisible Murder, the second book in the Nina Borg series was released yesterday, October 2nd, and yes…. I plan to read it!